Wednesday 28th October 2009 by C. Freeman
Super-computing, nano-technology and nuclear engineering are just some of the short courses available to technology students from Years 9 to 12. They take place at universities across the country including Cambridge, Oxford Brookes and Aston and are subsidised by The Smallpeice Trust, an educational charity which promotes engineering, technology, science and maths.
Each course runs for just a few days in January or July and the costs vary from £145 to £325 which includes all accommodation, meals, course materials and social activities. The courses, which are open to students from all over the UK, will cater for between 20 and 100 students, and typically they run for three days.
The 2010 programme offers diverse opportunities including the chance to visit a power station, design high-tech sports textiles and even work alongside the Royal Navy and stay on the destroyer HMS Sultan, which is moored at Gosport. Further details of the courses, their structure, costs and dates, as well as write-ups from students who have previously attended are all available on the Smallpeice Trust website.
To be considered for a place you need to either fill in an application form or apply online outlining your key skills. You will also need your application authorised by your parents/guardians who will have to provide invoicing details. In addition you will also need a reference from the school although, if you apply online the Trust will approach Brooke Weston direct. For more information visit the residentials section on the Smallpeice Trust website or else contact Mr Barrett in the Design Technology department.